Wild Pollinator Count on now! 12 – 19th November

 

It starts today! The national Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity. This count happens every year and lasts one week only.

Scarab beetle photo Max Campbell

 

Reed Bee photo Michael McMaster

You can join in by watching any flowering plant for just ten minutes sometime in our count week.

  • You don’t need to be an insect expert.
  • You don’t need fancy gear.
  • You may be surprised by what you see!

https://wildpollinatorcount.com

There are instructions, a tally sheet and a really good identification resource to help you.

Here we are asking you to help us with research on the rare Merimbula star-hair(Astrotricha sp. Wallagaraugh)

plant. There are numbers of these around Tura Beach and into Bournda National Park. Can you find one of these and do a pollinator count on it? Scientists have no information on its main pollinators, what kind of insects or birds that may be important, so your records will be very valuable to the Save Our Species team.

Merimbula star-hair photo Steve Burrows

Merimbula star-hair photo Steve Burrows

Merimbula star-hair photo Steve Burrows

Steve Burrows a local naturalist tells us that the flowering period for the Merimbula star-hair is weeks 42 – 50 or around mid-October to mid-December. We will be grateful for any observations of pollinators on these plants at any time…Please add your records to Naturemapr.

 

Little Terns & other Beach Nesting Birds

At last the Little Terns are back at Mogareka to breed .Every summer these tiny seabirds come from eastern Asia & northern Australia to this area to nest & raise chicks before flying away again in February or March.

They are endangered because they nest on beaches and are  disturbed by people ,dogs,foxes & goannas….we see footprints of all.Sea gulls & Ravens also predate the eggs if the birds leave their nest [a scrape in the sand ].

If you like to be involved with Shorebird monitoring please let us know.

 

Little Terns with Non Breeding LT 

Red Capped Plover

Red Capped Plover distracting behaviour

Pied Oystercatcher already has a chick & has bred in the same location as previous years

Hooded Plovers foraging & at this stage avoiding parental responsibility !

Sooty Oystercatcher.. usually breed on rocky platforms

Courting Caspians
Thank you to Leo for the photo & sighting.

Tideline & Beyond

One walk ,one beach & this is only a selection of sightings.

Humpback Whale breaching

Sea Urchin showing Aristotle’s lantern

Bluebottle….

Egg casing of Cartrut Shells

Violet snail with Goose Barnacle passengers

Cuttlefish

A face only a mother could love…Porcupine Fish ?

Common Diving Petrel [ bill & cobalt blue legs ]

Pied Oystercatcher JE[ last season lost his foot due to fishing line ]

Goose Barnacle view of the beach

Pig Face

Red Capped Plover..preening

CMN Plant ID workshop and Field Walk

Photo: Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) by A Rodway

Photo: Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) by A Rodway[/caption]
Learn the skills and information you need to identify a range of common plants in this region and try out your skills on a guided field walk near Tura in Bournda National Park. See the endangered Merimbula Star-hair, Flannel flowers and many other coastal species in flower this Spring.

When: Friday 20 October, 9.00am-12.00pm

Where: Bournda National Park, North Tura

Botanist, Paul McPherson, assisted by Seedbank Coordinator, Karen Walker, will provide a practical introduction to the identification of local native plants, with an emphasis on recognising the major plant families in the field. We will look at the various tools and resources available to identify plants, including online resources and the use of botanical keys. Plant samples, printed summary sheets and hand lenses will be provided to use at the workshop. The workshop will cater to beginners and refresh the skills of those with some experience in plant identification. The field walk is 2km return on a level track.

Morning tea provided. For further information and bookings, contact Ali Rodway on 0417 246 896 or info@fsccmn.com

Photo: Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi) by A Rodway

A rare find on Bournda Beach

Naomi Shoobridge was really luck to fing a large and whole Paper Nautilus shell on Bournda Beach the other day. While we do occasionally see pieces of shell from these cephalopods, it’s very rare to find a whole shell as they are really fragile and soon get broken by the sea or seagulls foraging for the dead or dying squid inside.

Paper Nautilus Bournda Beach Photo Naomi Shoobridge

“Wild Eye” Photocomp winners exhibition

After a great competition this year, winners have been chosen by our panel of Judges and the Exhibition of Winners will be available for you to see at Merimbula EyeQ (7  Main Street) for two weeks from 3:00pm on Saturday October 14th. Please com along and have a look as the images are awesome! Thanks to everyone who entered and to Sarah who set up the Galleries and Belinda who loaded all the entries and to Bayd who is hosting the exhibition. Do come along.

Photo Max Campbell

Goanna Hatchlings

Pete Constable filmed these very young hatchling Goannas emerging from their Termite mound nest near the Tarha Bermagui Road this week. When they are older they are very craggy, but how pretty as babies with their fresh skin!

Thanks for sharing the footage Pete, it’s a rare and lucky sighting.https://youtu.be/BEa2377bHM0

Lace Monitor (Goanna) varanus varius
Photo Max campbell

Rare sighting of Koala near Aragunnu

A rare sighting of a koala has been captured on film north of Wapengo.

Tathra’s Michael Clarke was driving his truck to work in Bermagui just after 6am, when he took a bend south of Aragunnu Rd and was shocked to see the koala running down the road towards him.

Mr Clarke pulled his work truck over, taking a video of his encounter as he attempted to shoo the animal off the road.

“It’s good this happened, because it reassures people they are there,” the 40-year-old said.

“Not many people have seen them in the wild around here.

In the video, the koala can be seen walking along the side of the road, with Mr Clarke just metres away, before scampering up an embankment before climbing a small way up a nearby tree.

“It was awesome, he wasn’t in a hurry, but looked at me and scampered up the bank,” Mr Clarke said.

“I felt a bit of disbelief, because I drive that road a lot and most of the time you are on kangaroo watch.

“Afterwards I felt, sort of, elation because they are so elusive.”

While he drives the route regularly, this is the first time he has spotted a koala in the wild.

Koala near Aragunnu photo Michael Clark

Photo Michael Clark